Recapping a fantastic NatsFest

MLB.com Blogs Usher:

Curly W Live checks in with a report from Saturday’s NatsFest.

Originally posted on Curly W Live:

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The Nationals would like to thank all the fans, players and staff members who made this past Saturday’s NatsFest an overwhelming success. Re-live some of the best moments from the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in this exclusive photo gallery and recap video from the event. We’re counting the days until spring!

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Winter Meetings-Reconstruction Zone (Dbacks and Dodgers)

MLB.com Blogs Usher:

Former Major League scout Bernie Pleskoff looks at how the D-backs and Dodgers reshaped their rosters at the recent Winter Meetings.

Originally posted on BERNIE'S BASEBALL WORLD:

Personnel from every aspect of baseball met last week at the Manchester Hyatt in beautiful San Diego.

The past two years at the Winter Meetings have been rather uneventful, to say the least. This year, the ground shook from the moment we arrived. It was exciting, eventful, invigorating and exhausting, all at the same time. Fans from every team waited and hoped to learn about every morsel of information about their club’s future.

In this several-part blog, I will recap my thoughts about the week that changed the landscape in the sport we all love. Dbacks and Dodgers today. Two more teams tomorrow.

The Diamondbacks entered the off-season with a very thin starting rotation. Their goal was to obtain reliable Major League quality pitchers and stock their farm system with able pitching depth. They accomplished that goal. And then some.

When the season begins in April, it will not be…

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What’s next on the Hot Stove?

Mark Newman:

MLB.com’s Adam Berry looks at what’s next this offseason in the Hot Stove blog, your home for the latest trade and free agent news and rumors.

Originally posted on Hot Stove:

There were plenty of big signings (see: Pablo Sandoval, Hanley Ramirez, Nelson Cruz, Russell Martin, etc.) before the Winter Meetings and a number of big names changing teams via trade, like Josh Donaldson, Jason Heyward and more.

The Winter Meetings in San Diego were a flurry of activity, too. Jon Lester, Ervin Santana, Brandon McCarthy and David Robertson are off the board, and big trade targets like Jeff Samardzija, Yoenis Cespedes and Matt Kemp have found new homes.

So, what comes next? There’s still quite a bit to be resolved.

As MLB.com’s Paul Hagen writes, many of the top available players this offseason are still, well, available. And each team has needs left to address.

That group is headlined by right-handers Max Scherzer, bound to command a massive contract, and James Shields, sure to be in demand by teams that missed out on Lester. For teams looking for a mid-level…

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Dodger Stadium, after the rain

Mark Newman:

Dodger Insider has some great images from around Dodger Stadium following the storm.

Originally posted on Dodger Insider:

A few snaps after today’s storm slung away …

— Jon Weisman

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Is the Hall of Fame tarnishing the Golden Era?

Mark Newman:

A must-read post from MLB Network’s Jim Kaat on the recent balloting by the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Golden Era Committee.

Originally posted on Kaat's Korner:

Wow! What a backlash from friends, current Hall of Famers, baseball fans from all teams and all areas of the country. I wish I could personally thank you for your sentiments and well wishes. I want to say up front that this post is not intended to be one of bitterness, disappointment or “sour grapes.” I have a wonderful life, had a wonderful career and whether I have a plaque in Cooperstown — though a very high honor — will not have any affect on me personally.

I understand the process and I understand the difficulty to receive 75 percent of the votes necessary for induction. I told friends I guessed I would get 10 votes — maybe 11 at the most and possibly as few as eight. I embrace the process, having been through it a few times. I am a big horse racing enthusiast, like my friend, the…

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Cool stuff from Mike Trout …

Mark Newman:

I owe our MLB.com Angels beat reporter Alden Gonzalez bigtime because he used to sit next to me and he left his awesome 50 States Quarter Collection behind in our cube. So for that reason…no actually I am reblogging his fine Gonzo and The Show blog because he just put up some great Mike Trout stuff that you’ll have to check out. And in addition to this post, look for his newer entries about the new AL MVP. OK, gotta go spend some of those quarters in the soft drink machine now. – Mark

Originally posted on Gonzo and 'The Show':

Mike Troutwon the American League’s Most Valuable Player Award on Thursday, collecting all 30 first-place votes from the Baseball Writers’ Association to become the youngest unanimous MVP in Major League history. In tune with that, I’ve compiled all the cool stuff Trout did this season in video form below. Enjoy.

March 31: Trout’s first at-bat of the season, after securing a six-year, $144.5 million extension, is a home run against King Felix

April 4: Solo homer at Minute-Maid Park gets out in a mesmerizing 111.6 mph …

… Two innings later, he throws out a runner at home for his first outfield assist since September 2012

April 15: Trout does everything possible to win, hitting a ninth-inning, game-tying homer (shown here), then reaching on an infield single and stealing second in extra innings in an eventual loss to the division-rival A’s …

April…

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Latest Leaders – October 2014

Latest Leaders logoAnother memorable baseball season ended with San Francisco celebrating a third World Series title in five years, and Giants blogs like SF Giants Photos, Bumgarner Snotrockets, Cove Chatter, and More Splash Hits rank among the traffic leaders for October. Meanwhile, the fired-up Hot Stove blog is prepared to take its customary place atop the rankings. Put the first piece in place for your own championship season by creating your own MLB.com Blog, powered by WordPress.com.

Latest Leaders ranked by page views from October 1-31:

MLB PRO
Cardinals Insider makes its Leaders debut right out of the chute…
1. Dodger Insider
2. SF Giants Photos
3. Dodgers Photog Blog
4. TribeVibe
5. On Cloud Conine
6. The Halo Way
7. Cait Covers the Bases
8. Around the Horn in KC
9. Curly W Live
10. From the Corner of Edgar & Dave
11. Friar Wire
12. Desde el Desierto
13. Cubs Vine Line Blog
14. Comerica Park, 48201
15. Better Off Red
16. Our Game
17. Cardinals Insider
18. MLB.com Blogs Central (lol)
19. Hot Stove
20. MLB.com Fantasy 411
21. Braves Give
22. MLB Urban Youth Academy – Compton, CA
23. OutsidePitchMLB LLC
24. Clubhouse Confidential
25. Inside the White Sox
26. Phillies Insider
27. Rays Radio
28. CastroTurf
29. Astros Mission Control
30. Matt’s Bats
31. Reds Urban Youth Academy
32. Newberg Report
33. Twinsiders
34. Homestand Blog by Yankees Magazine
35. Twins Pics
36. Speaking Baseball
37. Baseball with Matt
38. Monarchs to Grays to Crawfords
39. Step up to B.A.T.
40. Cincinnati Reds Camps
41. 1 Citizens Bank Way
42. Jesse Sanchez at the Park
43. BERNIE’S BASEBALL WORLD
44. BTF Today
45. Kaat’s Korner
46. A Twinternal Perspective
47. The First Week of Summer
48. Write ‘em Cowboy
49. FISH TALES
50. One More Cup of Coffee

MiLB PRO
Get an insider view of the AFL with the MiLB.com PROSPECTive Blog…
1. MiLB.com’s PROSPECTive Blog
2. Ben’s Biz Blog
3. Callis’ Corner
4. B3: Big, Bald and Beautiful
5. Inside the San Jose Giants
6. The Inside Pitch
7. 45 Miles From Fenway
8. Rattler Radio
9. Sound Bytes Blog
10. Rollin’ with Rick PawSox
11. It’s All Relative
12. ‘Cats Corner
13. ‘Riders Insider Blog
14. Rolling Thunder
15. Red, White and the 3-0 Green Light
16. Unlocking the Keys
17. Nine Lives
18. Docking With the Ports
19. Porcupines in Pinstripes
20. Chirp Chatter
21. The 2-2 Pitch
22. On the Mike with Mike Safford (Voice of the Boise Hawks)
23. Hit Bull Win Blog
24. From the Nest
25. Knight Fever

FANS
The Royals’ World Series run helped power the rise of kahunasroyals
1. Tilted Cap
2. Pepper Mets Blog
3. The Baseball Collector
4. The AustralianBaseballDigest
5. Universo Béisbol
6. The Unbiased MLB Fan
7. Beisbol 007
8. Bumgarner Snotrockets
9. La Pagina de Tony Menendez
10. The Brewer Nation
11. The Baseball Haven
12. Cove Chatter
13. mlbblogger
14. BBSTmlb.com
15. Dodger Blue World
16. Coco Crisp’s Afro
17. Dazzy Vance Chronicles
18. MLB Prospect Pulse
19. More Splash Hits
20. eltubeyero22
21. Minor League Madhouse
22. 81 Giants for 93
23. baseballqueen
24. DYNASTY League Baseball from designer of Pursue the Pennant
25. OllieNYankees
26. The Mariners Minute
27. brettmcgmlb
28. Giants Fan Carm
29. The Diamond Nine
30. Minoring In Baseball
31. Fish Fry
32. Gamer Babes from Half Moon Bay
33. Blue Jays Musings
34. TheCutoffMan
35. My Orange Crush
36. BrokeMets
37. Gregg’s Baseball Bookcase
38. A Piece of The Game
39. It’s Always A Good Dre in L.A.
40. The Yankee Dinosaur
41. Desde el Monstruo Verde
42. Punky G. (G stands for Giants!)
43. Plouffe’s New Hairdo
44. I’m Not A Headline Guy…
45. The Canuck Cubbie
46. The Angels’ Ace
47. Born on Third
48. Flashin’ Leather
49. Our National(s) Pastime
50. kahunasroyals

MLB.COM BEAT WRITERS
With their finger on the pulse of their clubs and powering the Hot Stove blog…
1. Muskat Ramblings
2. Beck’s Blog
3. Mark My Word
4. By Gosh, It’s Langosch
5. The Zo Zone
6. Bowman’s Blog
7. Mariners Musings
8. Britt’s Bird Watch
9. Postcards From Elysian Fields
10. Gonzo and ‘The Show’
11. Bombers Beat
12. Tag’s Lines
13. The Fish Pond
14. Major League Bastian
15. Brew Beat
16. Brownie Points
17. Hardball in the Rockies
18. Haft-Baked Ideas
19. All Nats All the Time
20. Change for a Nickel

Reminder: Blogs only can be tracked for this list if they use an MLB theme. If you switch to a different WordPress.com theme for a day or two during that month, those page views will not be included for these purposes because they cannot be recorded by MLB.com.

Jim Kaat’s Postseason Thoughts

A few months back, I bumped into Jim Kaat on the jam-packed concourse at beautiful Target Field in Minneapolis, just before the start of the All-Star Game. Jim was talking baseball with a few friends, and considering that he spent the first half of a 25-year Major League Baseball career with the Senators/Twins franchise, I am sure he wound up in the middle of a lot of other baseball conversations on that concourse before ever making it to his seat. Jim loves to talk baseball.

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Yesterday morning I got an email from Kitty (he is the earliest riser around), who said, “I’m in a blogging mood after watching  the games last weekend.” That, to me, is always a good thing. Kaat is always insightful on baseball, and he never has been one to pull punches in saying what’s on his mind. Today, you can go to Kaat’s Korner and see what he thought of those four Division Series — including why, he says, Clayton Kershaw failure against Matt Adams had nothing to do with pitch counts and everything to do with simply failing to keep a breaking ball low. Go take a look and please leave some comments on his blog…I’ll make sure he sees them and we’ll see if he’ll do a Q&A here.

Latest Leaders – September 2014

Latest Leaders logoThe instant classics of this Major League Baseball postseason have given MLB.com Bloggers plenty to write about. Brandon and Brandon can share first-person accounts of October glory, while the brand-new Cardinals Insider is an absolute must-follow as the Redbirds seek their 12th World Series title. (How fast will it take the 11-time world champs to climb this list, currently dominated at the top by Dodgers?) Interestingly, only one of the top 11 MLB.com Beat Reporter blogs — #7 Britt’s Bird Watch — focuses on a team still alive as of this posting. Get in the game and take the first step to making our Latest Leaders by creating your very own MLB.com Blog, powered by WordPress.com.

Latest Leaders ranked by page views from September 1-30:

MLB PRO
The photo blogs have great images from the postseason…
1. Dodger Insider
2. Dodgers Photog Blog
3. John & Cait…Plus Nine
4. TribeVibe
5. SF Giants Photos
6. Friar Wire
7. Inside the White Sox
8. From the Corner of Edgar & Dave
9. MLB.com Fantasy 411
10. The Halo Way
11. Curly W Live
12. Better Off Red
13. Cubs Vine Line Blog
14. Our Game
15. So I Married A Baseball Player…
16. Astros Mission Control
17. Matt’s Bats
18. MLB.com Blogs Central (lol)
19. Around the Horn in KC
20. On Cloud Conine
21. OutsidePitchMLB LLC
22. MURRAY COOK’S FIELD & BALLPARK BLOG
23. Desde el Desierto
24. MLB Urban Youth Academy – Compton, CA
25. Phillies Insider
26. Comerica Park, 48201
27. Homestand Blog by Yankees Magazine
28. Clubhouse Confidential
29. CastroTurf
30. Braves Give
31. 1 Citizens Bank Way
32. Speaking Baseball
33. Newberg Report
34. Reds Urban Youth Academy
35. A Twinternal Perspective
36. Down the Line with the Phillies Ballgirls
37. Twinsiders
38. Jesse Sanchez at the Park
39. Baseball Books
40. Rays Radio
41. Monarchs to Grays to Crawfords
42. Roof Report
43. FISH TALES
44. From the Booth with Steve Stewart
45. Step up to B.A.T.
46. Baseball with Matt
47. The Cutoff Man
48. BERNIE’S BASEBALL WORLD
49. TVA Jacques
50. Beyond the Ballpark

MiLB PRO
MLBPipeline.com’s Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo have the AFL covered…
1. MiLB.com’s PROSPECTive Blog
2. Ben’s Biz Blog
3. Callis’ Corner
4. B3: Big, Bald and Beautiful
5. Rollin’ with Rick PawSox
6. The Inside Pitch
7. Rattler Radio
8. 45 Miles From Fenway
9. Inside the San Jose Giants
10. The 2-2 Pitch
11. Inside the Jackson Generals
12. ‘Riders Insider Blog
13. ‘Cats Corner
14. The Dash Board
15. Salem Sox Talk
16. It’s All Relative
17. Hit Bull Win Blog
18. Rolling Thunder
19. Knight Fever
20. Not Just Baseball…Aceball
21. M-Braves Clubhouse Report
22. Unlocking the Keys
23. Docking With the Ports
24. Playing In Peoria
25. Chirp Chatter
26. Porcupines in Pinstripes
27. From the Nest
28. On the Mike with Mike Safford (Voice of the Boise Hawks)
29. Red, White and the 3-0 Green Light
30. Rich Burk’s Short Hops

FANS
Pepper continues his ascent…
1. Tilted Cap
2. The Baseball Collector
3. Pepper :a Mets Blog
4. The AustralianBaseballDigest
5. Universo Béisbol
6. The Unbiased MLB Fan
7. The Brewer Nation
8. Dedicado al Baseball
9. Beisbol 007
10. La Pagina de Tony Menendez
11. mlbblogger
12. Cove Chatter
13. Dodger Blue World
14. The Ballpark Guide
15. Coco Crisp’s Afro
16. eltubeyero22
17. Fish Fry
18. Bullpen, Baseball & Sock Talk
19. 81 Giants for 93
20. Dazzy Vance Chronicles
21. The Baseball Haven
22. The Mariners Minute
23. Phillies Phollowers
24. The Canuck Cubbie
25. Pinstripe State of Mind
26. Minoring In Baseball
27. Flashin’ Leather
28. From the Bullpen
29. baseballqueen
30. MLB Prospect Pulse
31. Plouffe’s New Hairdo
32. Gregg’s Baseball Bookcase
33. It’s Always A Good Dre in L.A.
34. The Angels’ Ace
35. Bumgarner Snotrockets
36. The Diamond Nine
37. Born on Third
38. BrokeMets
39. The Yankee Dinosaur
40. Need a Streamer?
41. Desde el Monstruo Verde
42. Big Apple Baseball Blog
43. More Splash Hits
44. Blue Jays Musings
45. Yankees42
46. A Piece of The Game
47. My Orange Crush
48. TheCutoffMan
49. Windy City Hardball
50. Men on Base

MLB.COM BEAT WRITERS
Covering the postseason from coast to coast…
1. Muskat Ramblings
2. Beck’s Blog
3. Mark My Word
4. The Zo Zone
5. Bowman’s Blog
6. Gonzo and ‘The Show’
7. Britt’s Bird Watch
8. Postcards From Elysian Fields
9. Tag’s Lines
10. Mariners Musings
11. Brew Beat
12. By Gosh, It’s Langosch
13. Bombers Beat
14. The Fish Pond
15. Major League Bastian
16. Brownie Points
17. Mets Cetera
18. All Nats All the Time
19. Change for a Nickel
20. Major Lee-ague

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